I am an Abenaki educator. I teach science, history and math through art. Currently I've been working with Gedakina and the University of New Hampshire through a National Science Foundation grant documenting sustainable land use practices with Indigenous youth in New England. This documentation has allowed us to create some of the most amazing maps and art projects. I also continue to teach basketry and beading. These skills often get lost in today’s fast pace world where it is easier to just buy a kit. Understanding the land helps to learn the basketry process. Using basket making to teach both science and math is such a great hands-on way to learn. My work has been on exhibit throughout the US and Canada including displays at the National Museum of the American Indians in Washington DC, Mc Cord Museum and Botanical Garden in Montreal, the University of Vermont and New Hampshire, some of my baskets were part of a three year tour with Honor the Earth Impacted Nations visiting, NYC, Minneapolis, Santa Fe, Portland, Chicago and more. My daily fee is $500. plus expenses. Please contact me if you have questions.
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I have been on Gedakina's Board of Directors since 2000. I assist with many projects both art and environmental.
New North End Youth CenterSeptember 2014
Working with this Youth Center I have taught classes both after school and during their summer program for the last 8 years. I use beading and basketry as a technique to help these middle school students understand many different math concepts. Some of these students are New Americans part of the refugee settlement programs here in Vermont, and this is a fun way to increase their vocabulary. First we map out on graph paper our designs noting the math concepts and language. We then transfer our design into a basket or beaded project..
Vermont Governor's institute for ArtJune 2014
I have taught at the Governor's Institute for art for 7 years now. I typically teach Basketry and Beading. These two subjects encompass a wide range of art activites from making baskets with recycled materials to harvesting your own materials and using glass and hand made wooden beads. I have also participated in the Winter Weekend for four years.
- NEFA Grantee